In today’s economy, high-speed broadband access is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity. Access to broadband continues to redefine how we provide education and healthcare, manage energy, ensure public safety, and how we store, access, and share information.
In 2015 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo established the $500 million New NY Broadband Program to provide state grant funding to support projects that deliver high-speed Internet access to unserved and underserved areas of New York State. Nearly 90 percent of all funding has been awarded to projects that will address areas of the state that have been deemed unserved.
In the Champlain Telephone serving territories, there have been specific areas in Mooers, Mooers Forks, and Altona identified as unserved as defined by the New York State Broadband Program. As a result, Champlain Telephone was awarded a grant to upgrade the infrastructure in those identified areas to fiber internet providing greater speeds to customers. As part of the grant guidelines, subscribers in the identified areas will be offered a minimum download speed of 25 Mbps, which is mandated in the agreement with NYS. The grant dollars will provide this higher quality fiber infrastructure to at least 300 homes in Mooers, Mooers Forks, and Altona over the next two years.
The fiber infrastructure itself is scheduled to be built throughout the end of calendar year 2018 and customers will begin being hooked up to that network over time beginning in 2019.
The locations that were identified as unserved by the broadband grant are depicted in the maps below by census block. The list below includes the road names that will be serviced either entirely or partially by the grant. Only Thompson, Barcomb, Miller, Big Hill, Boas, Stonewall, Merrywood, Birch Hill, and Monty Roads will be served entirely. All others will have a portion served.
- N. Star
- Big Hill
- Joe Wood
- Woods Falls
- Birch Hill